Baltimore more than lives up to its nickname of “Charm City.” Its working-class roots and tight-knit communities have met with a professional and cultural renaissance, and the results are amazing. Baltimore is a friendly place full of personality, bursting with world-class museums, historic buildings, funky galleries and delectable restaurants.
Flights to Baltimore
Baltimore–Washington International Airport (BWI) serves more than 21 million passengers annually. It’s a focus city for Southwest airlines and there are non-stop flights available to and from almost every major American city, making cheap tickets to Baltimore pretty easy to come by. The airport is made up of 5 concourses, A, B, C, D, and E, which is reserved for international and charter flights.
Ground transportation into the city’s center couldn’t be easier, with a direct light rail link, stopping just outside the entrance to concourse E. Trains run every 20 minutes during peak times, every 30 minutes at all other times, and the journey into town takes about half an hour. You can also grab a taxi or airport shuttle. If you’re planning to rent a car, be aware that the rental facility is at a different location, and you’ll need to take a free shuttle to get there, so allow an extra 10 or 15 minutes.
Stuff to do in Baltimore
A gorgeous waterfront has made the Inner Harbor the attractive heart of the city. The majority of Baltimore’s amazing museums are here. Tour the floating collection of 4 decommissioned ships, pay a visit to the Civil War Museum, or lose yourself in the wonders of the Baltimore Aquarium, one of the world’s best. Its huge shark tanks and rainforest exhibit are unforgettable. The aquarium is insanely popular though, so plan ahead and buy tickets in advance online to avoid lines and disappointment.
Visit the Fells Point District for fantastic shopping, amazing Italian food, and sparkling nightlife. Speaking of food, reserve at least one meal for the Maryland specialty steamed crabs. Midtown is arguably the most beautiful part of the city, full of historic buildings and housing the cultural district.
Advice for Tourists Visiting Baltimore
Baltimore enjoys a pretty special climate -- much milder and more pleasant than even its close neighbors. It’s close to a warm marine estuary and sheltered by mountains. Summers are hot and humid, but not unbearably so. Winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing. June through August really is the best time to visit, when a multitude of events and festivals light up the city, but it can be crowded, so book early.
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